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Which Dysphagia Cookbook is Right for You?

Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editors note: Laura is a regular contributor to the NFOSD website and e-newsletter, Small Bytes.  We wish to thank her for her support and dedication to making life a little easier to swallow.]

As a teacher and trainer of the National Dysphagia Diet, I am always looking for ways to help my clients eat better. My goal is to see people enjoy the foods and beverages that they can eat and drink. I like to stay up-to-date on research and publications, so I decided to take a look at some of the cookbooks that were written specifically for people who are living with swallowing disorders.

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The Masako Maneuver

Byline: Jan Pryor, CCC-SLP, BRS-S

The swallowing exercise with the strangest name……

No, this is not a Sumo wrestling move, it is a swallowing exercise for people with dysphagia!

What is it?

The Masako Maneuver was introduced by Jerilyn Logemann and Masako Fujiu around 1996 as a pharyngeal strengthening exercise.

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“Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!”

Fire hydrant

Byline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; http://www.dysphagiasupplies.com/)

[Editor’s note: Please share this article with your patients, family, and friends who may be at danger of dehydration as we enter the hot summer months.]

Water is an essential element for sustaining life. The human body is composed of more than 60% water. Without water, we won’t survive for more than a few days. For those with a swallowing disorder, staying properly hydrated creates its own unique challenges.

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Advances in Swallowing Disorder Therapy

[Editors note: This article is about an innovative device and complimentary therapy currently under clinical trial evaluation. NFOSD’s intent in publishing this material is to alert the dysphagia community about “potential” advances in dysphagia treatment options; it is not a product or therapy endorsement. Following exposure to this device and therapy at the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) conference in mid-March 2013, NFOSD initiated contact with Dr. Robbins. We’d like to thank her and her team for providing this information to us and our community.]

Pictured Above: Dr. Robbins with MOST® device and patient

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Finding the Right Swallowing Specialist

By: Nancy B. Swigert*, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

[Editor’s note – We asked Ms. Swigert to write this article in response to the inquiries we receive weekly from people who feel they have been pushed aside by their physician when searching for assistance with a swallowing issue. There is a common set of themes… my doctor doesn’t believe me, he doesn’t see anything wrong (it’s in your head; have you seen a psychiatrist), and he can’t refer me to someone who might help. Although not every swallowing disorder can be addressed; there are science-based assessment tools and therapeutic techniques that can alleviate many swallowing issues. This article is a resource to help you find a clinician who is right for you.]  

If you or your loved one has a swallowing problem, you may have experienced frustration as you looked for the right person to help. Often, the first call should be to a speech-language pathologist (SLP), but not just any speech-language pathologist. Because speech—language pathologists have a wide scope of practice, not every speech-language pathologist knows about swallowing.

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